Mar 272014
2014 Petitioning

Ed Yutkowitz, Laura Morrison, Tony Hoffmann, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick launch VID’s petitioning season.

2014 Petitioning season began on March 8th for the Congressional Primary and continues through April 5th.  VID is supporting incumbents Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.

State primary petitioning will begin in June.  Stay in touch with Campaign Chair, Ed Yutkowitz, at . 

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Sep 142012
Brad Hoylman Primary Victory

Brad Hoylman with Senator Tom Duane thanking staff and many friends for victory in the Democratic Primary. Photographer: Tony Hoffmann

Congratulations to Brad Hoylman for a resounding victory in last night’s Democratic Primary for the 27th Senate District. The nearly complete reported results show that Brad took around 70% of the votes, a very impressive number which shows the wide range of support Brad has earned from his years of dedicated service.

Of course VID had a part to play in this victory and we celebrate the organizational efforts of our campaign chairs, Tony Hoffmann and Peter Crosta, the ground game energy of Marti Speranza, Katharine Wolpe, Georgina Christ, Anne Kjellberg, Mary Petretti, Frieda Bradlow, Nadine Hoffmann, Alexander Meadows, Rachel Lavine, Dodge Landsman, Irene Kaufman, Anne K. Johnson,  Harold Stelter and the irreplaceable strategical assistance, skills and experience of Laura Morrison.
You know, we are really excited to be Brad’s “home club.”  And we give full credit to Brad’s determined and top-notch campaign team, and the other clubs who supported Brad across the district. Hey, that NY Times endorsement didn’t hurt, either.
So congrats, Brad. We know you will be fighting the good fight in Albany, as Tom Duane did for us so effectively and gracefully for many terms.”

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Feb 132012
Feb 11 Rally at Judson Church

Assemblymember Deborah Glick, with VID President Jonathan Geballe and Executive Committee Member Ellen Peterson-Lewis

On Saturday, February 11, VID put together a solid group of supporters for the Rally Opposing the NYU2031 Plan, NYU’s aggressive, tower-heavy 20-year construction proposal to jam our low-rise community with structures of inappropriate size, height and bulk (including a huge hotel), which will mean the takeover of public space and the influx of a concentration of more thousands of students, staff and faculty.

Seen at the rally were Jonathan Geballe and Ellen Peterson-Lewis, pictured with rally organizer Assemblymember Deborah Glick, on the steps of Judson Church, along with :  Nat Johnson and Anne Heaney, Sharon Woolums, Mary Petretti, Katharine Wolpe, Laura Morrison, Jo Hamilton and our District Leader/CB2 Chair Brad Hoylman who energized the rally-goers with an electrifying speech and threw in a shout out to VID (thanks, Brad).

A huzzah to those VIDers who braved the cold to join several hundred other Villagers in this battle to Save the Village.  Look for an article in this week’s Villager.

In a follow-up e-mail, Assemblymember Glick suggested the following as recommended recipients of letters:

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
1 Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10007
The Borough President makes a recommendation, not a binding vote.

Chair Amanda Burden
Chair of the City Planning Commission
22 Reade Street
New York, NY 10007
The Chair votes when City Planning reviews the application.  There are 12 other members of the City Planning Commission who also vote on the application. Letters to each member of the Commission is also advisable. The list of all members can be found at:, then clicking on the “about us” followed by “city planning commission.

Councilmember Margaret Chin
Chatham Green
165 Park Row, Suite #11
New York, NY 10038
The Councilmember represents the area of proposed development. She votes when City Council votes.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn
224 West 30th St, Suite 1206
New York, NY 10001
Speaker Quinn’s district is just a few blocks away so many constituents in the community-at-large are Speaker Quinn’s constituents. Additionally, as Speaker, she has influence over the Council. She votes when City Council Votes.

FOX News covered the event as did CBS Local blog and

UPDATE:  The Villager, March 1st,  CB2 votes unanimous No on NYU’s superblocks plan.

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